Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Frequently robbed store shuts down

A Turkey Hill store that has been in the community longer than most residents shuts its doors for good. The parent company Kroger’s has all but remained silent on the reasons surrounding the closure. 

A spokeswoman for the company told the Citizens Voice the store’s closing was a financial decision. “It comes down to performance,” Hertzog said. “It didn’t justify being open so we had to close it for financial reasons.”

I guess that's partly true. A store employee, who asked not to be identified, told Wake Up Wilkes Barre that the store closed because Kroger’s felt it was unsafe for its employees, as the store was robbed so many times. 

So I guess one could say both are correct. The costs associated with protecting employees, insurance on the rise due to being held up every other week, and so on, balanced against a store with a hard to in and out of parking lot, does seem to fall under “financial reasons.”


The Citizens Voice is also reporting “W-B convenience store clerk robbed at gunpoint”, I guess the assailants found a new location.

Close all the Convenience Stores, or replace city leadership?

Seems like a no-brainer, but this is The W-B….

Wake Up Wilkes Barre


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Kane Dynasty?

All three city newspapers papers reported that Jared Martin Kane will likely run for his fathers magisterial seat in the North End of Wilkes-Barre. Jared Martin Kane, son of long time city magistrate Martin Kane.

According to the Wilkes-Barre Independent Gazette it sounds like the plot of the 1992 comedy The Distinguished Gentleman, starring Eddie Murphy. Here’s the plot: a Florida con man uses the passing of the long time congressman from his district — whom he just happens to share a name with — to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists.

In the movie Murphy campaigns using the slogan “Vote the name you know.”
  • Sound familiar?
It's understandable why the Kane's would want to keep the seat in the family, after-all it pays about $90,000 Annually, and perhaps Jared is't busy at the moment. Jared does have public sector experience, previously working on behalf of the taxpayers, as he was both hired and fired by the county, and state for that matter.

Now running for a job that he can't be fired from, well not for 4 years anyway.

Don't think for one second that Jared won't be able to hit the ground running if elected either, as he's had his fair share of run in's with the law. According to a Citizens Voice article, Jared was arrested for DUI back in July 2010, but that incident no-longer shows up on the Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System web portal, so it's my guess that the Kane's are experts at expungement.

Jared has an impressive resume for sure working with disgraced Kid's for Cash judge Michael Conahan. Surely these are all fine qualities that Wilkes-Barre residents are accustom to from their elected officials, after-all we've seen judges selling Kid's for Cash, cops selling Cars for Cash, Mayor pilfering gas from city pumps, BobbleHeads on council, a school board that awards billion dollar contracts to campaign donors, while hiring their own family members, drunken police chiefs looking the other way, while attempting to intimidate anyone who speaks up, DPW bosses working on their own cars at the city garage, county, and city employees using their government issued cell phones for personal use, prison employees charging fruit baskets to the taxpayers, officials jailed for taking bribes, and the list goes on and on.

SO in short if you want to continue the culture of corruption, by all means elect a Dynasty, but if you truly want good, honest, representation, pay attention, and

Wake Up Wilkes Barre


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